Life of an Entrepreneur: Organization, Schmorganization
Adapted from an article originally published in Integrity Magazine and shared on Wired Flare.
This morning I did my standard commute to work. This is the process I go through two or three days a week when I don’t have meetings scheduled. I woke up, kissed my husband goodbye for the day, did the morning scramble to get my daughter ready for school and there on time, poured myself a cup of much-needed coffee and got ready for my 5-second commute to my office. I must say, I’m quite lucky to be able to run a successful business from home. Not everyone has this luxury, and I’m thankful for the lack of overhead and the short commute. There are downsides, however…which brings me back to my story.
I did my 5-second commute and closed the French doors behind me only to discover that some sort of disaster had struck my office. Unsure momentarily what had happened, I pondered whether a thief might have ransacked the place or if a tornado had localized so that it damaged my office and not the other parts of the house. Just then my coffee kicked in and I realized that, indeed, my office disaster had been my own fault. So, I grabbed my laptop and proceeded back through the French doors to my “new office” otherwise known as the kitchen table.
Sometimes working from home is not as luxurious as it might seem. I am only accountable to myself, which while great in many ways also means I have no one else keeping me on track and ensuring that my office, my house, my schedule are organized as they should be.
Hmmm….so, what to do about this? Truly I do comprehend the strategies that are required to succeed at organization. Plan out my week in advance. Make out a schedule. Be specific. Schedule in time for everything from office work, business development and meetings to laundry, cleaning, mommy time and that ever-evasive “free time” we all need so much. I know this…so, why is it that I have relocated my office to the kitchen?
Well, as I see it there’s more to it than knowing what I need to do…I actually have to do it. Maybe this means leveraging my time and hiring an organizer and/or housekeeper. Maybe this means just striving hard to stick to the schedule I set for myself and not allowing myself to get off-task and distracted. More likely it's both of the above.
And maybe, just maybe, if I can show up 100% and be right there, in that moment, present at whatever it is that I'm doing right then - be it doing work or spending time with others or just being with myself - maybe if I can be 100% present, I'd find that there would be more than enough time to take care of the organization I so desperately need.